San Antonio Spurs' 'Big Three' not thinking about retirement

Tim Duncan

Time Duncan told the media that he, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are not pondering retirement ahead of Game 5 in the NBA Finals.

The San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of winning their fifth NBA championship in the past 15 season, seven years after winning their last one.

But despite talk of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili bowing out of the NBA in a final blaze of glory, San Antonio's 'Big Three' are not considering retirement, according to Duncan.

"We've been on our last run for the past 5 or 6 years per how everyone likes to put it," the power forward said.

"We show up every year and we try to put together the best teams and the best runs possible because what people say doesn't matter to us."

He added: "As long as we feel like we're being effective we're going to stay out here and we're going to play and we feel like we can be effective and we have been."

The Spurs have been written off at the start of every season for the past few years, having not won a title for seven years. Even at the beginning of this year, after coming one Ray Allen three-pointer away from the championship, few believed that the Spurs would come back and win it all in 2014.

But now they sit with a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 advantage in the series. No team has ever come back from such a deficit to win a championship.

"Every single year the journalists keep saying the same stuff, that we're done, that this is the last run and I totally understand - we're getting older every year," said point guard Tony Parker.

"But we always come back and keep pushing the limits, especially Timmy and Manu."

The Spurs, led by coach Gregg Popovich, have exceeded all expectations with this Finals run. Their play in this series has been a basketball clinic, bewildering the Heat with their ball movement and stifling defense.

Capturing his fifth title would be the perfect end to Popovich's incredible career in San Antonio, and leaving with Duncan, with whom he has won all of his titles, would make for a fairytale narrative.

However, like his three stars, the coach has no plans to bow out whether the Spurs win or not.

"I don't feel tired. I'm tired today but I mean in general, I would like to continue to coach," he said.